November 2009 Newsletter Dear Parents and Guardians,
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November 2009 Newsletter "Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures." — Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos Dear Parents and Guardians, All Saints Catholic School November is dedicated to remembering our dearly departed. Two important 130 Castlemore Avenue observances are found on the first two days of the month: All Saints Day and Unionville, Ontario All Souls day. Throughout the month of November we will remember the L6C 2P9 Saints who are role models for us. The saints are the patrons of our school. Phone: 905-887-8780 As a faith community we will celebrate our feast day with a liturgy. Please join us for our school mass on November 3rd at 1:15 p.m. This month we are celebrating the virtue of JUSTICE – justice which is one Trustees: of the virtues that Jesus demonstrated through his words and deeds. Justice Carol Cotton is one of the building blocks in developing moral intelligence in young people. Marlene Mogado From a young age, children have a strong sense of what is fair. As they grow, they develop the capacity to decipher right from wrong and to make ethical decisions. When we join Justice with Compassion (October’s virtue) we strongly echo the Gospel message of Jesus. Superintendent of Education Area 2: This theme of Justice ties in with the Catholic Graduate Expectation of a Responsible Citizen – one who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by Andy DiSebastiano promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life. Through activities surrounding Remembrance Day and All Saints Days students will have a chance to deepen their responsible citizenship. SHARED VISION STATEMENT: THE YORK We wish to express our best wishes to Mrs. James and her family. On CATHOLIC DISTRICT October 20th Mrs. James gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Kaylene Julia ☺ SCHOOL BOARD We are a Catholic We are very pleased to announce that Anson Lee in Ms. Gisone’s class won Learning Community of collaborative partners, the Markham Fire Department poster contest. Anson will be “Chief for the called to serve one another by Day” on Friday November 20th. being committed to and Yours in Catholic Education, accountable for quality learning by all, with Jesus as Linda Ward Nicole Liberty our inspiration. Principal Vice Principal November 2009 Newsletter All Saints Catholic School CATHOLIC COMMUNITY of FAITH On October 5th twelve students from our Luke 4:18 social justice group travelled to Toronto to participate in We Day 2009. They joined 16,000 other like minded students from across the province at the Air Canada Centre. The focus of the day was to highlight ways students could make a positive change in their community. Marc and Craig Keilburger (pictured with our students Alex, Marina and Dana) were keynote speakers. An example of the way students can make a positive impact in their community was the recent Thanksgiving Food Drive. Thank you to our Grade 7 students who took the lead on this project and to all families who so generously donated to this cause. Advent begins on November 29th please look for your advent calendar which will be sent home mid-month. We also ask that you mark Wednesday December 9th on your calendar. Please join us as we celebrate a Family Advent mass at the parish. The mass will be held at 7:00p.m. at St. Justin Martyr Church. Dear Parents & Guardians, It’s hard to believe that we have been back to school for almost two months now…but, here we are. Your 2009-2010 Catholic School Council is whole heartedly dedicated to our students’ success and to the engagement of our parent community. Welcome to this year’s CSC members: Mrs. Panacci, Mrs. Porfirio, Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Tjeng, Mrs. Douzenis, Mrs. Gyorody, Mrs. Humphreys, Mrs. Leclair, Mrs. Leong and Mrs. Perdikis. Your time and dedication are greatly appreciated by us all. The Catholic School Council and the many parent volunteers have already been hard at work to continue the success of our Milk and Fun Lunch programs for the students. In the next week or so, please look for the order forms for these programs for the winter term as they will be sent home. Thank you very much to all the families that contributed to the annual School Fundraiser. The monies that have been raised will go a long way to the enhancement of educational opportunities for all our students. Plans are already well on their way for additional, exciting and community building events this year. Stay tuned! We are actively seeking a Community Member for the Catholic School Council. If you or if you know anyone that might be interested, please contact Ms. Ward. Our next council meeting is scheduled for Thursday November the 26th at 6:45pm. All parents are welcome to attend. God Bless, Gail Cheung SAFE and CARING SCHOOL COMMUNITY Social Networks Homework Pick-Up If your child is absent from school and well At York Catholic District School Board we follow best practices enough to complete homework we ask: when it comes to posting pictures on social networks. Parents 1) You request the homework first thing in the sign the Freedom of Information consent form upon registering morning (note with sibling or neighbour or their child with our Board. This consent is specific that call the school). pictures only may be posted on the board’s or school’s websites. 2) Pick up the homework at the end of the It does not include social networking sites. We caution parents school day from the office. and staff that when taking pictures and/or videos of students in school or on field trips that those images are not to be posted It is important that we do not interrupt the on any social networking sites. learning of other classmates by calling into the classroom throughout the day to make special requests for homework pick up. Questions about the collection and the use of this personal information should be directed to the Privacy Manager, York A good idea is to ensure that your child has a Catholic District School Board, 320 Bloomington Rd. W., ‘homework buddy’ that they can call when they Aurora, Ontario L4G 0M1 or (905) 713-1211 ext. 3848. have a question/concern about homework. November 2009 Newsletter QUATLITY LEARNING FOR ALL INTERMEDIATE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS We thank all the grade seven and eight boys and girls who gave of their time and effort in coming to volleyball tryouts, games and tournaments. We deeply appreciate your dedication and commitment to the team while keeping up your school work. Congratulations to the following students who are representing our school for the 2009 - 2010 season: Christina, Alyssa, Victoria, Jasmine, Rachel, Amy, Danielle, Myriam, Sally, Jason, Jordan, Conor, Reid, Sean, Nicholaus, Lucas, A.J., Lucas and Mark. With our many thanks, Coaches: Mr. DeVries and Mr. FitzPatrick (Boys’ Team) and Mr. Coles (Girls’s team). CROSS COUNTRY TEAM Congratulations to the 90 Junior and Intermediate students who participated in the recent Area Cross Country meet. The students gave up their lunch hours throughout September and October to practice. Although the day of the meet was very cold and wet 17 of our students placed in the top five! Due to the high number of top placements our Grade 4, 5 and 8’s won their classification and proudly brought home the finalist banners for those Grades! The following students competed in the Board finals on October 27th Gr. 4: Amanda,Jamie, Kaitlyn, Maria, Michael and Romy. Gr. 5: Adrianna, Alexandra, Mariah and Michael. Gr. 6: Bianca. Gr. 7: Nicholaus. Gr. 8 Brendon, Christina, Conor, Maria and Reid. Thank you to coaches: Ms Beaudin and Mr Dineen. The team also appreciates the assistance provided during the training by Mrs. Gusz, Mrs. Hutzul and Mrs. Meli. TRIBES – Community Circle The special spirit of community doesn’t just happen in a classroom or school by having people work in small groups, or by using randomly selected cooperative learning activities. Building community is a deliberate process that is facilitated over a period of time. It begins by creating inclusion for every person within the learning community and by practising the set of positive Tribes agreements which was the focus of October’s newsletter. Students meet at various times in the circle for sharing, discussion on study topics, learning collaborative skills, reflecting on the day/week, addressing conflicts, and celebrating. While in the circle or working as pairs or small groups, students are encouraged to listen attentively, participate fully, show appreciation, and practice mutual respect. The community circle process, when used effectively, can be a powerful dynamic to help build positive relationships among students and staff. A quote by Anne Wilson, an Ojibwe elder, helps to describe the dynamic and the value of the community circle. “The community circle allows everyone a chance to be seen, to speak, and to be heard. Each of us has a different way of looking at things. We can learn from each other. It’s good to listen and watch. When you watch, you see everything. You learn to give to other people and you see different ways to deal with problems.” FUNDRAISING UPDATE Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent fundraising campaign. We raised over $20,000 to support school programs. We would like to thank the following contributors who supported our campaign with their generous donations of prizes used in our daily raffles: Club 300 Bowling, Edge Imaging(Free Photo Package), Halpern’s (two $50 Gift Certificates), Mabel’s Labels, Pharmasave and Second Cup. A very special thank you to Rogers/ Fido – who donated $1,000.00. We appreciate the support of the Porfirio family who secured this donation from Rogers/Fido on our behalf. The prize of “Principal for the day” was won by the Stratos family. Our three new principals will take over their duties on November 13th. The selection of special activities that the principals selected are: Movie and popcorn Casual dress day ie Pajamas or dressing robe (over regular clothes) or relaxed style clothes (track pants) No homework Indoor recess (students may switch classes and join friends in another room). November 2009 Newsletter All Saints Catholic School H1N1 Update for Parents This fall is a different flu season, with both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu in our communities. To help stop the spread of viruses in our schools, we are working closely with our local Health Department. Symptoms: Watch for flu symptoms including fever & cough, and one or more of the following: sore throat, muscle ache, joint pain, and weakness. Children under five years may vomit & have diarrhea. What is the contagious period? It is important to stay home when someone has flu- like symptoms. Like seasonal flu, infected people may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and until symptoms have resolved. Please keep sick children home from school until they are feeling well and are able to fully participate in all normal day-to-day activities. Please let the school know if you are keeping your child home with flu symptoms. This helps the school and our local Health Department keep track of how the flu is spreading. Emergency Contact Info: Please make sure we have your up to date emergency contact information. This is important if your child is sick and needs to go home. Preventing Illness: Please teach you children: • to wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly and often. • not to share personal items like pens, pencils drinks or food • to cough or sneeze into their sleeve or a tissue You can get further information about seasonal flu and H1N1 through our School Board website at www.ycdsb.ca and by visiting our local Health Department’s website at www.york.ca To review other up-to-date information regarding H1N1 please visit the following multilingual website: http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/h1n1/multilingual_resources.htm Also, please review the letter dated and sent home on October 29th . This joint correspondence from York Region Pubic Heath and York Catholic District School Board provides detailed information regarding H1N1.